Good RGB – Installing A-RGB fans with a non RGB motherboard

Today we’re setting up some ARGB fans with a motherboard that doesn’t have any RGB or ARGB headers to see what’s involved. We’ll also be controlling these via software, so we can enjoy all the customisation options that come with the latest addressable RGB kits!

For this we’re going to be using our favourite Cooler Master ARGB 3x Fan Kit as it has a fan controller included, before we get stuck into the install we’ll just take a quick look at what comes inside the box.

– A-RGB LED Small Controller
– SATA & Thermal Detection Cable
– 1 to 3 A-RGB Cable & Cable to sync MB
– 1 to 3 Fan Power Cable Splitter
– Thermal Detector
– 3x 120mm A-RGB Fans
– 12 Fan Screws
– User Manual + Warranty Information Booklet

OK let’s get into it! (insert great pic from manual)

First, we connected the ARGB Cable (it’s got 3 pins, shown below) and the Fan Power Cable Splitter (ignoring the Asus and Gigabyte connectors) to the appropriate connectors on the fan cables. The ARGB and Fan Power connector types are clearly marked on the cables with white tags. The green arrows below show the little triangles that match up.

We then connected the ARGB Cable 5 pin connector and the SATA & Thermal Detection Cable 4 pin connector to the controller.

Finally, we connected the SATA & Thermal Detection Cable into the Thermal Detector and SATA power connector from the PSU.

When turning on the PC we had success, the fans were running fine and the LEDs lit up – able to be controlled through the buttons on the ARGB controller.

With everything running as it should, we then started fitting these new components within the gaming PC. For maximum visibility, we’ve replaced both fans on our CPU cooler and installed the third fan onto the rear of the case. Given this setup involves the CPU cooler, the splitter cable was removed and the power cables for the fans were instead connected directly to the motherboard.

The ARGB controller is easy to mount into the case as it is magnetic, and with you’ll have a few static colours, cooler effects and the beautiful ARGB rainbow mode – but we want software controls for more customisation options!

The Manual that comes in the box states you can download software on Cooler Master’s website. We definitely wanted to see if we could make use of the controller to configure the fans through software, so we loaded up Cooler Master’s website to take a look. However, the download tab on the ARGB Controller and this Fan kit’s page had no software or firmware to download (we’ve let them know, by the time you read this it has quite possibly been updated)

After searching the MasterLiquid ARGB pages we found that they had the following downloads though, so we continued on!

ARGB BOX Firmware v1.0.0.1 (2 MB download)
ARGB Lighting Control Software v0.0.86 (67 MB download)

This fan kit doesn’t actually come with a MicroUSB cable or internal USB Header adapter but luckily we had one, after connecting the controller via that cable and adapter we installed the Software but weren’t able to detect the controller...

So we then went on to installing the firmware which allowed us to detect the controller as the larger 4 port version 🙂

PLEASE NOTE: This may affect the functionality of the temperature detection

Now, onto connecting the Fans and Controller through the software 🙂

Here we opened up the detected controller and then navigated to the configuration page.

Once on the configuration page, we added the single MasterFan ARGB option (indicated by the double light bulb icon) via the + symbol. (The MasterLiquid options also work but aren’t really needed since the controller only has one port to control.)

This will add the fan into the top left-hand corner, next, we click on the light bulb icon of the added fan.

Then connect that to the first controller port by clicking on the light bulb icon with the A1 next to it.

OK, now that tricky bit is done, we can begin changing the LED modes and individual LED colours! As we have our fans connected to the first port on our controller we can configure and customize through the overview tab.

From the overview tab, you can select the different patterns for the LEDs.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to changing the firmware the button on the controller that cycles the modes is changed to match this order.

– Motherboard (Dark Blue)
– Spectrum Cycle
– Single Slide Mode
– Double Slide Mode
– Breathe Mode
– Accumulate Mode
– Demo Mode
– Customization
– Turn Off

If you select the Customization option you can select the colour for each individual LED!

Ahhh that was both tricky and fun 🙂 ARGB fans can definitely work on motherboards that don’t have RGB or ARGB headers and can be configured using the software. Remember that the Cooler Master ARGB MasterFan Kit includes a controller, but you might need to get your own MicroUSB cable and internal USB Header adapter for it to look super clean 😛 (cowboy mode plugging the micro USB cable into a USB port on the outside of your PC work though)

LED ON!

 

 

Good Gaming – Overclocking Graphics Cards

Ahhh I do love a new release! With the RTX 2060 Graphics Cards now available in New Zealand it’s time to see what these GPU can do for ourselves.

UPDATE: GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti now available.

Just the new GTX 1650 to go and we have the full set!

Below are quick links to free software that you can use to check for yourself (as all cards can be slightly different in terms of OC capabilities)

Overclocking Tools:

EVGA Precision X

Gigabyte Aorus Engine

Asus GPU Tweak II

Free Stand Alone Benchmarks:

Final Fantasy StormBlood

Heaven

Free In-game Benchmarks

War Thunder

GAME ON!

GOOD GAMING – AMD REWARDS THE DIVISION 2 WITH RYZEN CPU

This promotion had now ended, code redemptions are available until June 1st (01/06/2019)

For a limited time and while stocks last get yourself awesome Ryzen CPU from the select range and you can register to redeem a Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 game bonus!

This promotion is valid on the following CPU purchases from January 9th – April 6th 2019 

RYZEN 5 2400G

RYZEN 5 2600

RYZEN 5 2600X

RYZEN 7 2700

RYZEN 7 2700X

The Division 2: Lead a team of elite agents into a post-pandemic Washington DC to restore order and prevent the collapse of the city. Lawlessness and instability threaten our society, and rumours of a coup in the capital are only amplifying the chaos. All active Division agents are desperately needed to save the city before it’s too late. You are a member of the Division, an elite group of civilian agents charged with being the last line of defence. With DC at risk, it’s time to gear up and use your unique skills to take on this new threat!

We loved the original Division and can’t wait to run, gun and roll around like crazy! If you’re gearing up with one of these new Ryzen CPU or Gaming PC featuring one inside you’re in for a treat!

Good Gaming – Anthem / Battlefield 5 BONUS with Nvidia RTX

This promotion has now ended, see the new RTX Triple Threat promotion with Metro Exodus, Anthem & Battlefield 5! 

Last Submission Date on event Page:  March 4th 2019
Last Submission Date on NVIDIA event Page: March 10th 2019

Nvidia is back with another sweet free game bonus with Anthem and Battlefield 5 up for grabs for those getting a new RTX Graphics Card, valid on purchases from January 8th – February 25th 2019

With selected RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 – choose one game, get the RTX 2080 or RTX 2080Ti – and you can get both!

Depending on your chosen brand of RTX Graphics Card use the links below to register and redeem!

Redeem Asus RTX Graphics Cards

Redeem Aorus/Gigabyte RTX Graphics Cards

Redeem EVGA RTX Graphics Cards <- If you are unable to get yours via EVGA due to an “Out of codes” message, please let us know!

Anthem: Team with up to three other players in cooperative adventures that reward both combined effort and individual skill. Each player’s choice of javelin exosuit will shape their contribution and strategic role. As you explore, you will discover a gripping story filled with unique and memorable characters. Seamless and intelligent matchmaking will ensure you can quickly and easily find other players to adventure alongside.

Battlefield 5: The Battlefield series goes back to its roots in a never-before-seen portrayal of World War 2. Take on all-out multiplayer with your squad in modes like the vast Grand Operations and the cooperative Combined Arms, or witness human drama set against global combat in the single-player War Stories. As you fight in epic, unexpected locations across the globe, enjoy the richest and most immersive Battlefield yet.

 

GAME ON!

GGPC Logitech G January Winner Announced!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, see the latest GGPC Promotions here!

January Winner is: Gemma D! Congrats Gemma, we know you’re going to love all this awesome gear!

Throughout January, If you got yourself a Good Gaming PC you could register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new GGPC + you’ll went into the draw to win some of the latest gaming gear!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our January Grand Prize Pack is packed full of the top-rated Logitech G Gaming Gears, a setup fit for a professional 🙂

Included in this months GGG Prize Pack is the latest version of the now iconic G502 series, the Logitech G502 HERO Gaming Mouse which is one of the top-rated Gaming Mice in the WORLD!

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse which features the newly created HERO 16K sensor,  full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options included. Capable of tracking insane flicks at speeds over 400 IPS without spinning out, HERO 16K delivers peak performance at any sensitivity with zero smoothing, acceleration, or filtering from 100 to 16,000 DPI. HERO 16K also consumes 10x less power than predecessors, like PMW3366. Adjustable RGB lighting lets you select from up to 16.8 million colours and as our lucky winner is going to have a complete setup, Logitech Gaming Software will allow them to customise everything, and you can then set this theme over the whole kit – synchronizing lighting patterns and effects to bring the gaming setup to life with breathing or light cycling! When it comes time to play you can have your setup adjust to pre-loaded colour configurations automatically, each perfect setup highlighting the keys for the specific game you’re playing!

Next up we have the first Logitech G keyboard also wears the emblem of Pro 🙂 Designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world’s top esports athletes, our lucky winner is in for a treat with the G Pro Gaming Keyboard on their desk! Engineered for extreme performance and designed to win, the short-throw Romer-G switches actuate at just 1.5mm, making them around 25% faster than the competition’s standard mechanical switches.

Providing a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, this Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboards.

Completing the setup is another new release from Logitech G, the sleek, black, G533 Wireless DTS 7.1 Gaming Headset!

Featuring Pro-G audio drivers using hybrid mesh materials, the G533 delivers audio performance normally found in high-end audiophile headphones. DTS Headphone:X technology accurately replicates 7.1 speaker placement and audio positioning, allowing this headset to recreate the in-game environmental effects and positional audio game designers intended you to hear. You can even tune the volume levels for each of the 7 audio channels to amplify game sounds coming from rear channels to hear what’s behind you! With advanced lossless digital audio transmission, the G533 delivers wireless convenience and incredible high fidelity sound with up to 15 meters range, designed to maintain a strong connection even in noisy EMI environments such as when there are multiple competing wireless signals nearby.

What a bunch of prizes!

Incredible gear, amazing January fun ahead – check out the latest range of Good Gaming PC builds today!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming PC Chassis – Segotep SG-K7 2019

One of our favourite chassis just had an update for 2019 and it’s looking very good indeed!

The latest version of the SG-K7 from Segotep features the same triple tempered glass panels and customisable nameplate that made the original stand out from the crowd, but now they’ve improved on the RGB controls (four RGB fans are included with the chassis) by placing a quick and easy RGB selector button on front of the case!

This button will allow you to control all the fans connected to the fan controller hardware, switching between fades, pulses and a whole bunch of colours – want purple? no problem, want green? just push it to cycle the rainbow and enjoy the show. You won’t need any special software for this, and the included controller supports up to 8 Segotep RGB fans should you want to RGB overkill in your build 🙂

If you’re wanting to customise your nameplate there are 4 screws in total, so you need to remove the front glass panel so you can access the two front screws (the other two are easy to find inside), once those are out a little clear plastic panel (with the default Segotep sticker on it) can be removed. When we peeled off the default Segotep sticker it left a little residue which we quickly cleaned off with some meths.

We’ve used our label printing this time around as we have it in the workshop, but as with the previous version you can just print using a regular printer or even just use a vivid

The LED glow is powerful enough to shine through the paper but if you want to take a little time to cut out the name  – it’s crazy bright  – just put your Gamertag on the plastic backer and screw it back in, the plate will hold the graphic in place so you don’t need any glue etc – it’s that easy 🙂

You can see more of the chassis on GGPC Instagram, and undoubtedly as a whole range of new GGPC Gaming PC coming in 2019 too!

Good Gaming – Monster Hunter World BONUS with Nvidia GTX

This promotion has now ended, see the latest Nvidia Game Promotions here!

Promo information as below.

Since 2004, Capcom’s Monster Hunter franchise has enabled millions of gamers to track and hunt a range of big fantasy beasties in the pursuit of materials to craft better gear, better weapons, and better stats. Now, you can register to redeem a game code for the Monster Hunter: World, the franchise’s first release on PC, with the purchase of select Gaming PC featuring the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, GTX 1070 and GTX 1070 Ti – now, as of 03/12/18, also includes the 3GB GTX 1060!

This promotion is for a limited time, set to end on the 7th January so get in quick!

Quick links redeem.

Asus = https://www.asus.com/event/vga/MonsterHunterWorld/website

EVGA = https://au.evga.com/articles/01274/welcome-the-world

Gigabyte/Aorus = https://www.aorus.com/event-detail.php?i=799

GAME ON!

 

GGPC Logitech G December Winner Announced!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, see the latest GGPC Promotions here!

Congratulations to our December Winner – Chloe P!

Wooohooo! A new month is here and we’ve got some fantastic prizes for those grabbing themselves a new Gaming PC!

Throughout December, If you get yourself a Good Gaming PC you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new GGPC + you’ll go into the draw to win some of the latest gaming gear!

The G240 provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A great mousepad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our MASSIVE December Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our December Grand Prize Pack is packed full of the top-rated Logitech G Gaming Gears, a setup fit for a professional 🙂

Included in this months GGG Prize Pack is the outstanding Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Gaming Mouse which is one of the top-rated Gaming Mice in the WORLD!

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse with full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options included. Get maximum tracking accuracy from the responsive PMW3366 optical sensor which works with exclusive Logitech G Delta Zero optical sensor technology to minimize mouse acceleration and increase reliable targeting. Adjustable RGB lighting lets you select from up to 16.8 million colours and as our lucky winner is going to have a complete setup, Logitech Gaming Software will allow them to customise everything, and you can then set this theme over the whole kit – synchronizing lighting patterns and effects to bring the gaming setup to life with breathing or light cycling! When it comes time to play you can have your setup adjust to pre-loaded colour configurations automatically, each perfect setup highlighting the keys for the specific game you’re playing!

 

Next up we have the exceptional Logitech G512 Linear Gaming Keyboard!

G512 is a high-performance gaming keyboard, delivering 1 ms report rate and featuring advanced Romer-G Linear mechanical switches. Full-spectrum RGB combine with LIGHTSYNC technology that takes the LED experience with your games to a whole new level! The aluminium alloy gives the G512 a bladelike chassis with a beautiful brushed metal finish, on the back you’ll also find a handy USB port for convenience – plug in a device to charge or plug in a mouse, without missing a beat.

But we didn’t stop there – we’ve got the latest Logitech G560 Speakers System as well!

Enjoy amazing audio with 240 watts of peak power feeding an explosive, down-firing subwoofer and two satellite speakers with wide-angle drivers for a full range of clear, pure sound. The DTS:X Ultra engine renders 3D surround sound from PC games and also music, delivering heightened realism, accuracy, and a competitive edge.

These aren’t just great sounding speakers though! Featuring Logitech LIGHTSYNC these speakers can actually react to the action happening in-game! Playing GTA V and getting into trouble with the cops? Your speakers will be flashing blue and red while to race to escape the fuzz! With four lighting zones, two front facing and two projecting backwards you can customise from nearly 16.8 million colours to perfect your gaming setup.

 

Incredible gear, amazing December fun ahead – check out the latest range of Good Gaming PC builds today!